Factory fresh VNT-17 turbos from Garrett. These are the OEM turbo on the European 150hp 1.9L TDI equipped Volkswagens. The VNT-17 is an upgrade from the original VNT-15 turbo allowing you to run higher boost levels and, many believe, providing superior durability.
VNT-17 ALH Retrofit Information
The VNT-17 bolts directly up to the ALH and uses the same oil feed and return lines, but it requires either a VNT-17 adapter or a clip-connector pipe to connect the compressor with the stock ALH lower intercooler pipe.
This turbo has a "smart" actuator from an '04/05 TDI. The actuator has a vacuum connector and works exactly the same as the earlier actuator without an electrical connector.
1999.5 & Early 2000 owners: you will also need to purchase the later style pancake pipe in addition to the clip connector hose. You may also need a threaded union junction for the oil return line for the 99.5s as well. 1998-2001 owners will also need to purchase an updated style turbocharger bracket below. Please contact us with questions.
This turbocharger includes our Turbocharger Installation Kit, including all gaskets, seals and copper nuts. There is no core charge.
Oil Feed Line Seals are not included with this turbocharger. If you purchase a new oil feed line it comes with new seals. If you are going to re-use your existing oil feed line you need to purchase the feed line seals seperately below. We recommend replacing the oil feed line to limit the chances of leftover contamination or clogging damaging the new turbocharger.
For more information on this turbo and what it can do for your TDI, consult the article on turbo upgrades on the idparts blog. And feel free to contact us if you have questions.